Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University Earns Prestigious Research-Funding Awards

Georgia State University doctoral student Laura Cortes has been awarded the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award and the F99/K00 award for her work.

Cortes, of Chicago, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Cortes' research, funded by the NIH, consisted of examining how sex hormones and epigenetic mechanisms contribute to the development of sex differences in the brain by manipulating epigenetic processes in mice. Her goal is to understand the basis of sex differences in disease and identify mechanisms that will protect against brain disorders.

The D-SPAN and F99/K00 award also grant Cortes opportunities to further develop her research career. The D-SPAN award aids graduates in their transition to neuroscience research postdoctoral positions and supports the completion of a doctoral dissertation. The F99/K00 award will allow Cortes to receive support for up to 2 years in the F99 fellowship phase and for up to 4 years in the K00 career development phase.

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